2013 Pavie Macquin, St-Emilion (Pre-Arrival)
Barrel Sample. This is a bold, ripe, fruity wine, perfumed with fruit that’s already attractive. The tannins are dry, but balanced with the fruit. A good choice for medium-term aging.
This is incredibly long and intense for the vintage with raspberry and citrus character. Fine tannins. It goes on for minutes. An electrifying wine for the vintage from organically grown grapes.
The 2013 Pavie Macquin boasts striking depth, power and volume for the year. Resonant and layered on the palate, the 2013 possesses gorgeous depth and tons of intensity, not to mention remarkable purity. This is a gorgeous showing made all the more remarkable considering the late malos give the 2013 a distinctly raw, not fully formed feel. There is a lot to look forward to here. In 2013 the blend is 85% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Franc and 2% Cabernet Sauvignon. The harvest started on October 4 with the Merlot and finished on October 15 with the Cabernets. Tasted twice. (AG)
Pure violet and bluebell aromas lead the way, followed by silky plum, raspberry and black cherry fruit. Long and refined on the finish, with a mouthwatering edge to the acidity. This feels like it's putting on weight during the élevage. (Web-2015)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Opaque purple in color with notes of barbecue smoke, chalk dust, sweet medium to full-bodied blackcurrant mouthfeel with impressive, texture, purity, equilibrium and light to moderate tannins in the finish, this is certainly one of the most successful wines of the vintage. Because of the year, in this vintage, the wine is much more evolved and forward than it normally is. This beauty can be drunk in two or so years and should last 12-15. On the Cote Pavie, this 47-acre vineyard has produced a wine made from 85% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Franc and 2% Cabernet Sauvignon. Only about 4,000+ cases are going to be made because of the low yields of 25 hectoliters per hectare and the severe selection. The wine showed extremely well in my tastings in June in Bordeaux. (RP)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Good medium ruby. Captivating aromas of redcurrant, menthol, violet and licorice. Lovely inner-mouth floral lift to the mineral and inky red and dark berry flavors; offers much more clarity and cut than most 2013 Bordeaux, not to mention depth and sweetness of fruit. The finish is especially pure and precise--and long. Plenty of hidden density here--especially impressive in the context of the vintage. I went out of my way to taste this wine four different times just to be sure of my extremely positive first impression. In many respects, this is one of the elite wines of the vintage: the nose alone rates 94 or 95 points. (ID)